HAMPSHIRE and the Isle of Wight authorities will begin working together on health and care services, to reduce the overall demand on the NHS and local government.

Leading councillors have endorsed proposals for the reform of the health and care system across the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Sustainability and Transformation Partnership.

By pooling resources among partners, and bringing health and care professionals, GPs, the voluntary sector and the community under one umbrella, it is hoped the areas will work better together.

The plans were put before the Isle of Wight Council’s health and well-being board on Monday.

All on the board voted in favour of the proposals, apart from Cllr Geoff Brodie who abstained. Cllr Brodie said: “I have concerns about the partnership. The acute service is an issue for us, being an Island.”

Better use of technology, and integrated health and social care teams will help provide better services for residents across the two areas. The council will retain primary responsibility for the services.

Council leader, Cllr Dave Stewart said: “This move will be of benefit to all partners in the Hampshire and Isle of Wight area.”

The council will also request that the partnership consider the creation of an Isle of Wight Integrated Care System, to support the council’s One Public Service proposition.